As violent movie makers are looking every time for a sophisticated way to represent the duels between good and evil in their production, for all those violence and action lovers, there’s no better scene than a good old styled fistfight. Whether it’s about sports professionals, mighty ninjas, and samurais or fierce gangsters, fights without weapons always carry a certain thrill and heart race to them.
If you’re an action adept, we’ve gathered below a list of epic fistfight productions, all featured in Netflix, to prevent you from scrolling the platform all day looking for a decent dose of violence.
A Fistfight classic: The Matrix
There’s no way this 1999 sci-fi and action classic wouldn’t find a respectable place in our list. This story of Neo, the hacker who realized that our reality had been none other than an illusion through the Matrix, an elaborated simulation where we have been put for years (since humankind lost a war to technology), confronts him to the heartless program Agent Smith.
The Clash between a furious computer geek and a perfectly concocted machine certainly makes one of the best fights in the whole world of twenty-first-century cinema, featuring some exquisite, graceful, divine Kung Fu fight scenes.
A Movie on the Top Ranks: “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”
Seeing the success of their Oscar-winning movie, the producers of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon decided to make a saga from it and released the second part taking the original sword protector out of his pacifism and rising a young generation of fighters. The basics of the story are, of course, the same; only this time, the focus is directed towards the “Green Destiny,” a highly mysterious blade.
A Story of Rough Martial Arts: Ip Man
After a long time of abstention, Chinese master Ip Man finally takes action against a cold-blooded Japanese general who was viciously creating tantrums amongst helpless villagers of colonized China. This movie set in the thirties of the last century is a martial arts classic.
A movie that’s Literally Bloody: Lady Bloodfight
If you’re not a person to feel sick from seeing blood and injuries, this is the movie for you. Lady Bloodfight is very similar to the movie Bloodsport, only it turns a lot more about women, and the graphics are harsher on the emotionally delicate public.
The protagonist is a certain “June” who gets caught in the world of underground martial fighting competitions as she soon finds herself financially broke while she was in Hong Kong searching for her father to deliver the sad news about her mother’s receding health.
One Of Jet Li’s Best Movies: Romeo Must Die
This is the story of a former policeman in China who learns the death of his brother in New-York and escapes prison to investigate the case personally and gets caught in gangster affairs between Asian and Black Americans.
The Ultimate Fistfight Video Game Movie: Mortal Kombat
We all know adaptations from video games into movies are not always amazing. It’s a really big challenge for producers. Mortal Kombat though, is an exception from 1995.
Just like it would be in an actual video game, the heroes face increasing challenges throughout the movie. In addition to delivering a good quality fight, what’s good about this movie is the combination between the realism of our world and the fantasy of a magical parallel universe that intends to invade us if our heroes don’t win the battle.
Keanu Reeves as a Villain: Man of Tai Chi
Just like in The Matrix and John Wick, Keanu Reeves has proved once more that he perfectly fits in any kind of fist fighting production. The choreography and technique in his fights are always breathtaking. This time, in 2013, he starred in a movie featuring a Tai Chi student who was forced by harsh financial issues to interrupt his training and compete illegally for money.
An All-Time Fight Comedy: Kung Fu Hustle
We’re used in fistfight movies to see everything drama, tears, and sadness, but Stephen Chow gave us a different view of action productions by writing, directing, and starring this Kung Fu comedy. The whole story is about a Kung Fu nature, which isn’t self-confident enough to realize how much power he has and is so desperate to be taken seriously as a villain.